A standup comic who hates or loves comedy, depending on the social situation.
Alex Horne is a father, comedian, bird watcher and liar. He deceives his audience on multiple levels at multiple points throughout his show. He does it well, and he does it with perfect timing which makes me believe he probably did spend a year in his shed creating the show.
Let me explain. Alex isn’t alone on stage. He has enlisted the help of Michael Caine, Andre Agassi, and Cherie Blair to tell the story of his life. Crafting sections (unofficially) from their autobiographies, his show consists of perfectly cued sound bites from their reading. It’s funnier than it sounds, I promise.
That point is actually the crux of his show. Horne tries to emphasise the point that nothing funny happens in his life, and he feels like a fraud and a liar for being in a profession that requires embellishment and entertaining anecdotes. It cleverly peels back some of the grandeur of the comedy circuit and shows that actually, some are perfectly normal human beings, with everyday lives and a family.
Thoroughly enjoyed it and laughed. A lot. I suspect I looked as odd as the man on stage talking to voice snippets of the rich and famous. ****